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Green Book

OPENING NIGHT: For classically trained Black jazz piano prodigy Dr. Don Shirley and his white chauffeur and bodyguard Tony Lip, a 1962 concert tour of the American South proves an eye-opening experience in unanticipated ways. Peter Farrelly’s sharply observed drama, spiked with wry humor and inspired by real-life events, features the prodigiously gifted Oscar® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, MVFF 2016) as the ultra-sophisticated, polylingual Shirley, an elegant, mannered outsider wherever he goes and a transformed Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) as his truculent, semi-illiterate lip. Tooling around rural roads in a highly conspicuous turquoise Cadillac and getting into—and barely out of—life-threatening encounters together, each starts to see the real man beyond the other’s surface. The period details are spot-on, and so are the hate and the horror that greet a Black man in the Jim Crow South. Ali and Mortensen are pitch-perfect as an improbably matched pair, often
Thu, Oct 4 7:00 PM7:00 PM7:30 PM
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The Hate U Give

SPOTLIGHT: Starr Carter (a sensational Amandla Stenberg) is the queen of code switching: living one version of herself with her tight-knit family and neighbors in their Black community of Garden Heights, and another with her classmates at a predominantly white private high school across town. When she becomes the sole witness to the shooting death of her childhood friend, Khalil, by a white policeman, the two Starrs have no choice but to collide—often explosively. Does she stand up for Khalil and speak her truth? Or does she keep quiet and protect herself from the violent forces within her own community? Based on the bestselling young adult novel by Angie Thomas, George Tillman, Jr.’s (Notorious) powerful drama addresses not just police brutality but the root causes of the racial inequity and injustice that permeates American society. Stenberg (The Hunger Games) leads a stellar cast that also includes Common, Issa Rae, Anthony Mackie, and Russell Hornsby and Regina Hall a
Sun, Oct 7 5:30 PM
Thu, Oct 11 2:00 PM
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If Beale Street Could Talk

CLOSING NIGHT: In arguably the year’s most anticipated film, Academy Award® winner Barry Jenkins follows his iconic Moonlight (MVFF 2016) with a poetic, astonishingly realized adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel about a pregnant 19-year-old woman in 1970s Harlem who fights to free her innocent husband from jail before their child is born.
Sun, Oct 14 5:00 PM5:00 PM5:00 PM5:00 PM
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Little Woods

She “forgot to be scared”—that’s how Ollie (rising superstar Tessa Thompson) got caught the first time, for being a drug dealer of Canadian meds in the North Dakota oil and gas boomtown she calls home. Since going straight and switching to dealing hot coffee, clean laundry, and quips with the lonely local roustabouts, Ollie’s gotten plenty scared—of losing the house her mother left her, about making it through her probation, of blowing a job interview. When her estranged sister Deb (a shape-shifting Lily James) comes to her with a desperate plea, Ollie talks herself into one last big score. First-time writer-director Nia DaCosta shapes a taut anti-western about sisterly bonds within a gray landscape of men and industry. Though the villains are intractable—opiate addiction, the broken US healthcare system, exploitation of the land and people—the performances of Thompson and James blaze through the bleakness.
Fri, Oct 5 4:00 PM
Sat, Oct 6 8:00 PM
Thu, Oct 11 11:45 AM
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Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story

This stirring, deeply emotional documentary explores how one ball game transformed a group of kids and offered hope for a country struggling with racial tensions and inequality. In 1955, two Florida teams squared off in a contest with historic ramifications. One of the first integrated Little League games, the Pensacola Jaycees vs. the Orlando Kiwanis wasn’t just a simple battle on the diamond; it offered hope that a color-blind world might be right around the corner. Of course, that didn’t happen. Six decades later, players from both dugouts talk about the impact of that game and their complicated journeys, as filmmaker Jon Strong puts human faces on the festering problem of American racism. Beautiful, tragic, and optimistic, Long Time Coming features diverse voices of civil rights leaders; Hall of Fame ballplayers, including Hank Aaron and Cal Ripken Jr.; and a handful of men who’ve lived through turbulent times and found hope.
Wed, Oct 10 8:45 PM
Fri, Oct 12 3:00 PM
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Obey

Adjusting to life outside the foster care system proves challenging for 19-year-old East Londoner Leon, whose aimless friends are a toxic influence, while his tippler mum seems to need mothering even more than he does. Unable to find steady work, his sole comfort is time spent at the boxing gym. When he meets the free-spirited and high-minded Twiggy (Sophie Kennedy Clark, Nymphomaniac), Leon sees a viable escape from his dead-end existence. But as tensions mount after an unarmed Black man is murdered by police, the streets descend into a war zone, and Leon must choose where his allegiances lie. In his first feature film, writer-director Jamie Jones balances a powerful coming-of-age story with a fiery recreation of the class and racial divide that led to the 2011 London riots. As Leon, newcomer Marcus Rutherford is a knockout, mixing imposing intensity with raw-nerve vulnerability in this unforgettable film.
Fri, Oct 5 6:00 PM
Mon, Oct 8 12:30 PM
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